COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Coon Rapids High School is well on its way to becoming the first public school in the state to be designated as a "Heart Safe Campus."
On Wednesday morning, more than 1,000 ninth and 10th grade students received hands-on CPR training as well as training on how to use an AED. First-responders from more than a half-dozen local departments and three different heart safe organizations were on hand to help teach the students.
"If somebody starts doing CPR within one or two minutes, the person has an 85% chance of survival. Every one minute that goes by it goes down by 10%. If we wait for the help to arrive, after 10 minutes, the person has almost no chance of survival," says Troy Lachinski of the East Bethel Heart Safe Program.
In addition to giving them the skills to save a life, students are now also able to recognize the signs and symptoms of sudden cardiac arrest.
Next year, the incoming freshmen and seniors will be trained.
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